READY TO GET INTO THE CARNIVAL SPIRIT?
Annual Schools of Chesham event to celebrate works of Roald Dahl
A BUCKINGHAMSHIRE author will be celebrated at a popular annual carnival at the weekend.
The 42nd Schools of Chesham Carnival will take place on Saturday with the usual procession through the town of floats representing local schools, businesses and clubs.
Expect to see giants, insects and chocolate this year as the floats follow the theme of 100 Years of Roald Dahl.
The author lived in nearby Great Missenden and is buried in the village’s cemetery.
The procession sets off from Asheridge Road at noon and will proceed along Bellingdon Road, Townsend Road, Broad Street and High Street before ending in Water Meadow car park, off Red Lion Street, at 12.45pm.
The fun then continues in Lowndes Park with children’s entertainment, a barbecue, tea tent, bar, grand draw and dozens of stalls. There will also be an arena with performances as well as prizes awarded for the best floats.
The park events will be officially opened at 1pm by special guest, comedian Alex Horne, who lives in the town.
Organiser Sally Hills said: “There is something for everyone to enjoy at the carnival so do please come along and support your local schools.”
The Chesham carnival began in 1974 after founder David Steel saw how much fun people had at a pram race in the town, and he convinced a group of locals and parents to form The Schools of Chesham Carnival Committee.
The carnival’s first theme was Alice In Wonderland and it was opened by the late Sir Terry Wogan.
Mr Steel died in 2012 but his legacy lives on with a trophy named in his honour, which is awarded to a person or team making an outstanding contribution to the day.
Visit www.schoolsofcheshamcarnival.co.uk, or follow @CheshamCarnival on Twitter.
Dodging the showers: A pair of colourful carnival-goers kept their spirits up despite some rain at last year’s Chesham Schools Carnival.
Flower power: All types of hats are welcome.
Enjoying the ride: A group of girls were all smiles on their float.